With thousands of schools "needing improvement" nationwide, parents, teachers, and citizens around the country are beginning to realize the implications of the No Child Left Behind Act.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HOSTS HIGH SCHOOL CONFERENCE: Paige Offers Strong Rhetoric, But No New Initiatives ArticleOctober 20, 2003
Unless improvements are made, American students will not be competitive with students in other countries, dooming future generations to less opportunity, greater levels of poverty, and further disparities in health status.
D.C. VOUCHER PROGRAM APPEARS LIKELY: Congressional Republican Leaders Roll Measure into Omnibus Bill ArticleOctober 10, 2003
A private-school voucher program for District of Columbia students was all but guaranteed when members of the Republican leadership decided to roll the $13 million program into the fiscal 2004 omnibus bill
In the two-plus years since the No Child Left Behind Act became law, the word "accountability" has found its way into nearly every conversation about education from Miami to Seattle.
Over the last several months, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley (R) has traveled throughout the state to promote his $1.2 billion tax increase. He promoted it as a way not only resolve the state's fiscal crisis, but also to shift the tax burden from the poor to the rich, and to improve public education in Alabama.
HOUSE PASSES $10 MILLION DC VOUCHER PROGRAM: Voucher Opponents Criticize Vote Timing, Set Sights on Senate Debate ArticleSeptember 22, 2003
The House passed a $10 million private school tuition grant program-vouchers-for Washington, D.C. students. The program is expected to benefit approximately 1,300 of 68,000 students in the school system.
By deciding to postpone a floor vote on the 2004 spending bill for the District of Columbia until early September, House leaders effectively put off a vote on a separate bill that would create a private-school voucher program in Washington, D.C.
Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a record $455 billion federal budget deficit for fiscal 2003. According to the Washington Post, the $455 billion deficit is "up sharply from $158 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2002."